Friday, April 26, 2019

It was nice to meet the Bilsport Performance and Custom Show 2019!

Early mornings. Late nights. A lot of people. Day after day. Tired of talking. Exhausted, but still energized. That's how we felt after presenting Magnuson superchargers and BorgWarner EFR and AirWerks turbos for four days straight in front of +80 000 motor maniacs this Easter at Bilsport Performance and Custom Show 2019.
 We were energized by all stories and all dreams. We were happy to meet all you curious and creative people with a crave for speed out there.
I was nice to meet you and to give turbo and supercharger lessons to young boys and girls, on request their mothers (!). To adviced track racers, tractor pullers and street drifters on boosting.

Our motto: Serve all with a crave for boost pressure.
 Before the show began, we took a stroll and took some installations pics
Ford Barra Engine, bulletproof stuff from down under. 
The Swedish contribution to the hot rod world. Volvo Amazon...
..with a German heart and AirWerk turbo
We love turbos and superchargers but natural aspriated V8 engines can be nice too! 
Anders LS equipped El Camino with Magna charger seems to be a good inspiration.
Looking forward to see you all again soon!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

We're at Bilsport Performance and Custom Show at Elmia!! Come over!

We don't have a perfect booth. We're not professional sales guys with shark white teeth. But we're into boost pressure, power and speed, and love to talk to people of our kind. That's it. That's why we're at the Elmia show.
We're dedicated to deliver good stuff and eager to present what we've done and what we can offer.
We will show new cool turbo stuff from Borg Warner like the EFR 9280 (1000hp EFR turbo!) and the AirWerks S372 (+1100hp) and a lot more,
We will tell you what's going on at Magnuson Superchargers and talk about our private Magnuson supercharger experience!  
The team. Waiting restlessly to talk to YOU.
PRD Manifold and BorgWarner EFR7163 tailor made for Mitsubishi EVO.
Yes, you can stay cool and keep the AC compressor in its original position in your EVO.
From an other angle in the same light.
What the this? Cina will tell you all about it.
Looking forward to see you all this Easter at Bilsport Performance Show, Elmia, Jönköping Sweden!
Disclaimer: We might talk too much about our race project. Can't help it...


Friday, April 12, 2019

Engines, Engines, Engines...Our Engines! Part 4.

The Chrysler 354 Hemi 1956

When I started to build my Hot Rod, a 1932 Ford Roadster a Chevy SB was planned.
But the build ideas started to come, one by one. It would be cool to have something else.

For a while a Chevy Big Block was an alternative with the intention to fill up the engine bay better....create some more presence.

The process continued and the idea to have some more classic Hot Rod Engine turned the focus to an Early Hemi.

Even at that time a Hemi was tricky to find so internet and contacts were explored with no success, 

Then I came to think about an article in Power Magazine where Kjelle Power built the Green Doane Spencer pastiche. He was in contact with the late Baron in Bettna. Via phone contact was made and Yes! He had some Hemis mostly 331, no 392 maybe a 354......discussion continued. Could he consider to sell the the 354 ? No not really..... But ....hmmmmm... maybe....OK

All ended up with me taking a drive to Bettna. A 400 km tour one way and visited his storage...It was an old Diary out on the country side transformed to a Mopar heaven, Baron had bought the whole stock of MOPAR spare parts when Saab Ana closed down their import of Mopars.   

There was mainly parts from the 70ties and 80ties cars and mostly brake and chassi parts as I understood it, no big piles of Hemis 340 440 etc., but still, mind blowing. 

To meet Baron in Bettna was an experience, the nickname Baron was possible to understand. The Diary was his kingdom, he ruled it and behaved more like a renascence man in his although worn and used white shirt, tie, pullover. In short, in his white collar clothes.

For practical work he had some normal car guys engaged.

I had made arrangement with Baron that he should change the valve guides in the cylinder heads. The engine should, besides that, be in good condition in need of almost nothing.
Just put it together and start it up.

We'll...,the engine was bought, since I was hooked on having a Hemi in the car I swallowed the bait, payed the money and basically bought a kit which turned out to be in need of everything an engine can ask for. 

I took the engine to Motor Janne in Anneberg to figure out what was needed. And yes, it was more than everything,  Someone had changed the main bearing dimensions in the block so I had to modify the engine block further to take Chrysler 340 bearings. One cylinder had to be sleeved, so I had to fully machine the block, crank etc. On top of this one cylinder head had been cracked when the valves guides where installed. The cracked cylinder head turned out not be possible to repair. New heads had to be found which took some time... 

For a while I tried to get suport from Baron without any success, his health had started to weaken and He died eventually in 2009.

Cleaning and dismantling of old parts. A lot of old old oil in the engine.
In addition, the engine was modified to take a manual Muncie transmission
In principle I bought all needed parts on HEMI HOT HEADS.

The machined block and crank.
Compared to a Chevy SB the castings is of much higher quality and due to that, the engine gives a slim impression and yes, the crank is forged.

 When your are looking at the engineering solutions used by different OEM and brands it's possible to understand their priorities and culture.

Chrysler at least back in those days a mechanical focused, well engineered brand.
Chevy was good stuff, pragmatic and value for Money. Less risk involved, high business focus.
Ford was more strange and brutally cost focused. 

(Yes I know you will tell me I am wrong, but I have my impressions and yes, there are exemptions) 

New pistons assembled on the original rods.

Now, it starts to come together

It is fun !
After all the hurdles and issues to have solved it! Everything was under control.

I focused to do everything carefully with no shortcuts.

Here you see the the assembled engine, block painted, together what was to be the interior leather color. 

Engine and transmission in chassi

The engine in the painted car soon to be started.
Yes! It fills up the engine room much better that a Chevy SB.

Was it worth it ?
Yes of course! Although the engine was a borderline, almost not possible to save, it was worth all effort. 
Is it really fun to drive, it is a very nice combination.  

The engine sound on idle is very nice and the 354 Hemi represent a level of strong elegance.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Smoke in your eyes. Engine thunder. It's Salt Slush afterwork!

There's no way in hell to predict the outcome of a party. But invite good people, men and women with the right heart, soul and attitude and you're getting closer. A nice environment helps too.

When everything's perfect, you'll notice. It's like being in a dream. That was our Friday. Our Salt Slush afterwork with gearhead friends. It was beyond words, poetic. 
Smoke in the air, colored lights and a Rolls Royes Meteor Engine.
A good platform for a relaxed party. 
Controling The Beast is a powerful feeling. Thunder and fire from a smooth touch of your fingertip. With total attention on every combustion. A-fucking-mazing. Addicatable. 
 In the spotlight. Happy as can be.
Smelling fumes like a chefs. Gearhead happiness pictured!

Peter and Lutz under pressure. 
The silence is loud 
Tension, tension, tension.
Relief and success. Offenhauser Indy Engine starts!
Once bitten, twice shy. Better keep cool. Hands off Renato.
Before it all begun.   


Air cleaner with filter. A Lucky Strike

There's always a Before and After. Champagne on hood represent After...
Before it all begun. Tore, Kalle and a Forklift. What could possibly go wrong?
Oh, I forgot…
Thank you all for making this evening unforgettable!!